Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has expressed strong disapproval at FIFA’s snub of several of his players from the 10-man shortlist for The Best award.
Guardiola’s team won a domestic treble last season, which included the defence of their Premier League crown, but none of his players were recognized this week.
Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Harry Kane were the three players picked from the English top flight though none of them having lifted the league trophy.
“I’m not going to say that the 10 guys nominated for this award don’t deserve it, but we had five or six of our players nominated for the Premier League trophies so I was a little bit surprised because they were incredible,” the coach said, speaking ahead of his team’s match against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield.
“This award is about seven games.
“When you win the Champions League you will be there.
“The other 10 or 11 months don’t count for this type of award.
“It is what it is.
“Maybe we have to win five or six [competitions] or get 250 points to be considered next season.”
The former Barcelona coach was particularly amazed by the absence of midfielder Bernardo Silva, who enjoyed a terrific season in City colours.
“I don’t think one player had a better season than Bernardo Silva last season, who also won with Portugal,” Guardiola said, in reference to Silva’s role in Portugal’s UEFA Nations League triumph.